Authentic Pizza

Americans have adopted pizza as their own. While Americans heavily load the crust with toppings, to Italians pizza is as much about the bread as it is about the toppings. The challenge for American cooks is creating an authentic crust in a home oven—not a wood-fired pizza oven that reaches temperatures in excess of 800 degrees. In this lesson, we’ll cover some basics about working with flour and yeast and review techniques for shaping and topping pizza. You will learn to prepare both thin-crust and deep-dish pizza that rivals anything you can get in Italy.

Core Equipment

The right tool can make or break a recipe. At America's Test Kitchen, we test kitchen equipment in search of brands that offer the best value and performance. Since we accept no advertising, our ratings are unbiased. Check out our recommended products for the equipment you'll need in this course.
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  • Wusthof Gourmet Turner/Fish Spatula

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  • OXO Good Grips 4" Pizza Wheel for Non-Stick Pans

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  • Dexter-Russell 6" Dough Cutter/Scraper—Sani-Safe Series

    The deeply beveled edge of this scraper cut through pizza and bread dough quickly and scraped the work surface effectively. The text... read more
  • Wear-Ever Half Size Heavy Duty Sheet Pan (13 gauge) by Vollrath (formerly Lincoln Foodservice)

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  • Cuisinart Custom 14 Food Processor

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  • Old Stone Oven Pizza Baking Stone

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